Tag Archives: Pasolini

Mona Lisa Covergirl

Emma Barron’s just-published Popular High Culture in Italian Media, 1950-1970 (Palgrave, 2018) is an essential and engaging contribution to the study of Italian mass culture. The book’s subtitle, ‘Mona Lisa Covergirl’, points to the originality of its theme: how Italian high culture was deployed to create a distinctive form of mass culture in the post-1945 expansion of television and popular magazines. Pasolini and Quasimodo providing advice to readers of Tempo (Pasolini: ‘The letters are enjoyable: some of them even give me a profound joy, even if as brief as a flash’),  Mike Bongiorno promoting knowledge of the classics through Lascia o raddoppia? (15 million viewers weekly), Il barbiere di Siviglia as the first opera to be transmitted on Italian tv (1954, conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini), Giacomo Puccini endorsing Odol mouthwash (‘Lodo l’ODOL, LO DOLce licor che LO DOLore del dente scaccia di sovente’), Shakespeare’s lines used to sell pasta (Barilla), liquor (Amaretto di Saronno) and chocolates (Baci Perugina), I promessi sposi drawing mass tv audiences (19 million) and readerships (magazines, fotoromanzi, comics) – this study of the intertwining of the classic and the contemporary provides a fresh and productive account of the development of Italian mass culture.

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Italian Research Seminars in Sydney

Usyd_new_logoThe  Department of Italian Studies at the University of Sydney is running a series of research seminars in March and April this year. Following the recent talk by Ara Merjan, ‘The Zero Moment of History’: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Abstraction, Neocapital‘, (reprised at the University of Melbourne on Thursday 10 March, 6:30pm – 7:45pm, in Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building), Kathleen Olive will present ‘A Metaphor of Tuscany in the Codex Rustici‘ on Thursday 24 March at 4.15pm in the SLC Common Room 536, Brennan MacCallum Bldg. On Thursday 14 April at 4.15pm Hillary Gatti will give a talk entitled ‘Machiavelli’s Role in the Conquest of Pisa: a Contradiction in Terms?‘ (SLC Common Room 536, Brennan MacCallum Bldg). And on Thursday 21 April at 4.15pm Maria Cristina Mauceri will present ‘Italian Transcultural Theatre: the Conflict between Italians and Africans in the Productions of the Teatro delle Albe di Ravenna‘ (SLC Common Room 524, Brennan MacCallum Bldg). For further information, contact Francesco Borghesi (also on +61 2 9351 7131).

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Pasolini’s Legacy: Call for Papers for Conference at Yale

PPP_NY04-pn98j4-196x300Yale University’s Department of Italian is calling for papers for a conference entitled ‘The Legacy of Pier Paolo Pasolini‘, on 6-7 March 2015 to mark the fortieth anniversary of his death. Papers from all disciplines addressing any aspect of Pasolini’s work are welcome, especially those which encourage dialogue between the disciplines. Information on the conference and speakers, plus details on the submission of proposals, can be found here. The deadline for submission of proposal abstracts is 20 December 2014.

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